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Recruitment #20-003641-0015




MDH Office of Preparedness and Response

300 W. Preston Street

Baltimore MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This full-time contractual position will support and enhance public health surveillance and detection capacities of the Office of Preparedness and Response by participating in bio-surveillance and other drug-overdose monitoring and analysis activities.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • reviewing reports of drug-related overdose activity for evidence of unusual cases or clusters and ensuring analysis of unusual cases or clusters is tracked and completed
  • analyzing drug-related syndromic surveillance information and disseminating results and summaries through annual or ad-hoc reports
  • developing or enhancing reporting protocols, procedures, surveillance activities information dissemination or analytic methods
  • ensuring the overall quality of the data, the adherence to CDC case definitions and rapid detection of clusters or trends
  • developing and providing drug overdose bio-surveillance presentations/trainings
  • participating in other surveillance and OPR activities including on-call and syndromic surveillance rotations as well as participating in drills, exercises, trainings, real world public health responses


Education:   A Master’s degree in the field of Public Health from an accredited college or university with a minimum of three graduate courses in Epidemiology and one graduate course in Biostatistics.

Experience: None.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Science classifications or Clinical Lab, Medical Scientists, or Bio Medical Lab Officer specialty codes in the health research field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


The desired candidate should possess the following:

  • experience/education in syndromic surveillance and/or working with morbidity or mortality data sets or systems
  • knowledge of and/or experience with epidemiologic methods and analysis and summarizing data analysis into reports and presentations
  • delivering presentations of data to a variety of audiences
  • familiarity with and interest in working to address the Opioid Epidemic
  • experience in public health preparedness
  • experience using SAS and/or STATA statistical analysis software


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.